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  1. I only lost my dog 4 weeks ago, it didn't make any difference how often he saw them off they still came back - just found a small lilac ripped to pieces as well .
  2. My running battle with the deer who leap over the lade and into my garden has really stepped up a gear this year. I always have to protect my vegetables and fruit from them but all the time they find something else to eat - it's not as if there isn't enough wild vegetation and crops in the farm fields, they just seem to love challenging me . They have now start stripping the bark from the trees in my garden, which they have not done before, so using a combination of tree guards and chicken wire I protected all the vulnerable ones; now this morning I find they have stripped the branches from a beautiful small variegated Acer, and what's even worse they haven't even eaten them, just left them lying all over the ground . I think I shall give up and leave them to it .
  3. After 5 days I am finally starting to come to terms with the fact that my beloved chocolate Labrador has gone. He collapsed and died on Friday when OH was taking him for a gentle stroll first thing in the morning. He had appeared to have a return of his arthritis and had been given a full health check by our senior vet on Tuesday, he saw him again on Thursday and Raisin was his normal pain at the vets - full of life, eager to see the vet and generally bouncing around. He was quiet on Thursday night, ate his dinner, but didn't want any supper - we put it down to his busy afternoon entertaining everyone at the vets. But by 6.30am on Friday, whilst I was talking to the vet, he passed away. We won't have a post mortem, nothing can bring him back; it appears from his behaviour in the moments before he died that he had a blood clot, we have had long discussions with the vet and this seems the most likely scenario. Life will never be the same without my crazy Raisin.
  4. We were watching and fell in love with the Chesapeake Retriever. Looked at some gorgeous chocolate coloured puppies on-line, but as there are only 150 puppies bred in the UK each year I don't think we'll be getting one any time soon.
  5. Looks like we're both coming to the same conclusion - which is no conclusion at all .
  6. I decided to look into another tracker that I can use when I'm swimming and also one that records heart rate. It looks as if the Fitbit is not supposed to be worn when swimming, the Jawbone UP 3 seems to be the best for what I want (although I'm not sure if the UP 3 has been released in the UK yet) - but lots of people have reported reliability issues with Jawbones. Decisions decisions
  7. Today I made a Battenburg cake - I was going to save it for the weekend but it's so delicious we have had 2 large slices already .
  8. Thanks Olly and everyone else , not raining on my parade at all, I knew there were things wrong with this system but couldn't put my finger on what there were. We have already looked into joining the local Division and attending all the courses - at the moment we think a move may be on the cards, so if that is the case we will wait until we move before doing anything as I don't think I would want to move bees 300 miles down the country. OH is a great deliberator so I know he will look into everything very carefully before we go into bee keeping, in fact I think we would still be deliberating about chickens if I hadn't put my foot down 6 years ago and ordered the house after 6 months of him wondering whether to buy a Solway or an Eglu .
  9. . Can you expand on that Olly? I'm interested in keeping bees eventually and this looks like a miracle hive (in fact if it was April 1st I'd definitely have my doubts).
  10. Goodness, I remember my mum learning to make a crocheted shopping bag from supermarket bags many years ago, didn't know it had a name though. I'm afraid we all laughed at her making one bag from loads of others .
  11. I had one hen who I could never break the pecking habit with - she ended up living mostly on her own in a house and run next to the other girls. Ironically she is now my only remaining girl and lives as happy as Larry in her eglu with a large electric run fenced area, she is also one of my first girls and is now 6 years old and still lays occasionally. Obviously all that feather protein did her some good .
  12. Interesting comment, we found some here when we moved in 15 years ago, I found it reasonably easy to get rid of as well and it hasn't reappeared for over 10 years. Also, when I was at horticultural college a lecturer asked me to bring a root in so he could grow it and show other students exactly what it looked like. However there is a huge swathe of it about a mile away, by a, now empty, farm cottage. It is quite apparent the farm have no interest in removing it as they are frequently up there doing other field works and the area just gets bigger every year.
  13. We've had some beautiful weather over the last few days, cold and crisp in the morning but the sun soon coming up and warming the house via our south facing conservatory. Managed a good cycle ride on Saturday and also catching up with the hedge cutting that got missed in the autumn.
  14. It's quite interesting round here, some years the hedges appear ripped to pieces other years they are beautifully neat, this year they look really smart. I often wonder whether it's the skill of the tractor driver or whether the machinery blades are sharp enough. I would like to have the courage to ask but I don't like the idea of tackling the tractor driver with that great big cutting arm waving over my head .
  15. Still use mine twice daily, I have the occasional problem with gums bleeding as well ANH I just have to avoid that bit for a couple of days and then, as your dentist said, adjust the angle. Unfortunately OH is not so diligent and stopped using it after the first month, he is having some false teeth this month and the dentist says he must up his hygiene routine so hopefully he will start using the waterpic again.
  16. I thought this was one of the things the government was cracking down on now - but possibly only targeting certain areas where they know there is a high number of foreign cars.
  17. I've had a Striiv for over a year, it counts steps, stairs, calories used (don't believe that is very accurate), distance covered and time spent active. I can look at the daily stats and overall averages, and also load the data on my pc on their website. It clips to my belt or goes in my pocket. I think it was about £70 at the time (present from my daughter) but it also has islands and gardens you can build with the credits you earn from being active, so it is my sort of thing. OH reckons it's more like a game but I like it .
  18. Blimey DM you sound like my Pilates instructor .
  19. Just doing my seed order today from T&M and Seeds by Post. One or two things seem to have been discontinued which is annoying. I've also decided not to order the onion sets on-line as last year T&M kept messing me about then decided not to send any of the ordinary onions - I bought some from my local garden centre for a quarter of the price and they were much better than the heat treated ones that I did get from T&M. Mind you looking at my garden today I can't imagine when I'll get anything done, but I guess it's always like that at this time of year
  20. My very small 'bathroom' has a large walk in shower along one wall instead of a bath as a normal size bath wouldn't fit. I also have a nice mirrored chrome (or maybe stainless steel) corner shaped bathroom wall cabinet that I absolutely love.
  21. Very windy here overnight, still pretty blowy now. Another massive tree down in the garden right through the stone wall boundary , going to have a go at negotiating with the farm about it but I suspect it will be another insurance job as the tree was from our side . Decided to cancel my planned trip to Edinburgh today as I don't think public transport is all up and running yet. Still nowhere near as bad as for you ali and Blackrock , you have my sympathies.
  22. I have my house inside an electric fenced run, 50m of fencing, with a portable roofed area inside this enclosure. We move it 2 - 4 times a year depending on how many girls we have, and it is a huge faff to move and involves my daughters OH as well as us. If we didn't have a lot of land there is no way I would be doing this as it takes a full day with 3 of us and in the past has quite often involved escapees . We do manage to keep the grass reasonable with this method and reseed any bare areas when the girls are moved but quite honestly I would stick to a fixed run if at all possible.
  23. Lots of threads on Mumsnet about this, general consensus on this, after lots of discussion about seat belts, cleaning fluid etc, is that it is caused by over filling a washing machine or tumble dryer. Quite interesting considering your Miele weighs your washing.

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